Andy Murray sets up French Open semi-final with reigning champion

The Scot had a difficult time early but came good against a tiring Gasquet

BY Robbie Dunne 17:26 Wednesday 1 June 2016, 17:26 1 Jun 2016

Andy Murray has defeated Richard Gasquet 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-2 to book himself a place in the French Open semi-final against reigning champion Stan Wawrinka.

Murray struggled early on, dropping the first set 5-7 but recovered and batled back to defeat a tiring Gasquet.

The 29-year-old says there was some great tennis played during his match with the Frenchman but admits he will have to improve to reach his first final at Roland Garros.

“Some great tennis, a lot of fun points to watch,” he says.

“Both of us had our chances in the first two sets and it was very important for me to win the second set. I was using a lot of drop shots at the beginning of the match and they were working but I maybe started to use a few too many at the start of the second. It was a very tough match but I’m glad to get through. The defending champion, it’s going to be extremely tough. Hopefully I can play my best tennis and reach my first final here.”

Wawrinka had a much easier afternoon by defeating Albert Ramos 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 to keep him on course to retain his title having beaten all challengers in 2015 culminating in a victory over Novak Djokovic in the final.

On the other side of the draw, Novak Djokovic will play Tomas Berdych while Dominic Thiem will play David Goffin to see who makes up the other semi-final pairing.


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